Volkswagen, which pretty much created the econobox market niche in North America, has always infused its cars with a dash of drivability. Even the original Rabbit, introduced in the mid 1970s, was fun to drive and a favourite with weekend rally-sport buffs and amateur racers, which helped to make it so popular.
It’s latest incarnation, the City Golf, stays true to VW’s roots. It has a very reasonable base price, serves up decent—if not outstanding— fuel economy, and is a pleasure behind the wheel. It’s a car that I looked forward to driving every chance I got.